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Waymo, a company that is part of the Alphabet conglomerate (which also controls Google), today announced a partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to bring its stand-alone cars and trucks to France and Japan.
The statement of the agreement does not indicate any concrete plan for the launch of robots or delivery services, as Waymo did in the past with its other automotive partners. Instead, the three companies will simply "explore autonomous mobility services for passengers and deliveries."
Renault and Nissan plan to create autonomous vehicle focused companies in France and Japan dedicated to autonomous vehicle mobility services. The announcement follows a recent wave of alliances and partnerships between various auto companies, suppliers and automakers.
There have been rumors that Waymo has been in talks with Nissan-Renault since February. Last year, Bloomberg reported that an agreement between Waymo and Honda did not go ahead in part because of the autonomous car developer's reluctance to share aspects of its stand-alone vehicle technology. However, this has changed as the industry continues to consolidate and large industry groups have been moving forward.
Ford, which has Argo AI as its premier provider of autonomous car technology, is negotiating with Volkswagen on sharing the costs of building autonomous car fleets. Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, is partnering with Honda, while Uber's Advanced Technologies Group is approaching Toyota. Fiat-Chrysler and Hyundai, along with Amazon, are both partners of the standalone Aurora startup.